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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember the Disco, 13 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Confessions on a Dance Floor (Audio CD)
Recently, I read a review in a newspaper of Madonna's performance at the USA Grammy Award show. The reviewer was joking at her outfit, calling it "gym-clothes like Olivia Newton John in 'Physical', Barbie-makeup and Farrah Fawcett-hair" and having an embarrasing dance correography. I really don't think that the reviwer fully understand what it is Madonna is doing on this, her latest CD. Well, perhaps he is to young...
For me who are 45+ year - about the same age as Madonna - I vividly remember the '80s where she was a trendsetter and the moving icon of Disco. The video for the first track on the CD "Hung Up" shows an mid-age lady, dancing around in a gym, following the rythmns of the ABBA-track. And she is dreaming herself back to the days where she was young and heard that track for the first time - could move like the young.
This is the key to the record, and the title of the CD also says so: Madonna is confessing the story of her life. "Hung Up" is the start (because of the ABBA who was just before Madonna and would have been an inspiration for every ambitious artist in the '80s), and the last track named "Like it or Not" is a powerfull end-of-statement.
In between these two tracks you'll get the musical of Madonna, spiced up with (some time well hidden) references to some of her major hits. I can easily hear references to both "Frozen" and also to "Like a Prayer". But there are more direct references to her life, naturally "I Love New York" with the extremely dry synth sound and also "Isaac" with the Semitic chanting. I believe it to be Hebrew (the male singer seems to me to chant the words "im nin'alu"), and it is a clear reference to Esther's - or Madonna's - interrest in the Kabalah.
The track of "Future Lovers" sounds like it was a reference to the "Erotica"-collection, but what I like the most in this track was the obvious EuroDisco synth-beat rythms. Again, very dry sounds, fat analogue monophonic KORG / YAMAHA-like synth tapestry - yes, I remember!
What you should do, if you buy the CD, is to dress yourself up with tight spandex, fill your hair with a good spray to make it wild in the controlled way, get a load of candlelight, cheap beer and strange smelling tobacco, install a disco ball in the ceiling, add some coloured light and then - play this CD so loud that the blood will pour out of your ears! Don't "analyze" it - just dance!
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